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Sobering Center October 20, 2021 Board Meeting

Sobering Center October 20, 2021 Board Meeting

by | Oct 18, 2021 | Announcements, Board and Other Meetings, News



October 20, 2021 5:00 P.M.

Sobering Center

1213 Sabine Street, Austin, TX 78701


Chair: Jana Ortega
Vice-Chair: Dr. Christopher Ziebell
Secretary: Council Member Kathie Tovo
Treasurer: Liz Boston
Past Chair: Vacant

Director:  Jimmy Anderson
Director:  Hon. Selena Alvarenga
Director:  Paulette Blanc
Director:  Rick Ybarra
Director:  Jessica Palvino
Director:  Commissioner Margaret Gomez
Director:  Vacant

Ex-Officio: Travis County Judge Andy Brown (designee: Roger Jefferies)
Ex-Officio: Austin City Manager, Spencer Cronk (designee: Asst. City Manager Rey Arellano)
Ex-Officio: Austin Chief of Police Joseph Chacon (designee: Asst. Chief Jerry Bauzon)
Ex-Officio: Austin Interim Chief of EMS Jasper Brown
Ex-Officio: Austin Interim Public Health Director Adrienne Sturrup
Ex-Officio: Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez


The Sobering Center serving Austin Travis County also known as the Sobriety Center, created and organized by the City of Austin and Travis County as a local government corporation pursuant to Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 431, will convene a public meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 in the Sobering Center Board Room, 1213 Sabine Street, Austin, Texas.


Call to order

General Citizen/Public Communication

Citizens intending to speak must sign up with the Sobering Center by 4:30 p.m. the day of scheduled meeting. Registration can be completed by emailing  Citizen communication on agenda related action items will be allowed after an item’s presentation has been made. Each speaker will be given a designated amount of time to speak set by the board chair. Non-agenda related citizen communication will take place before discussion of the first agenda item.

  1. Approval of minutes for August 11, 2021 board meeting and September 8, 2021 special session board meeting
  2. Introduction of new board member
  3. Staff Spotlight
  • Brandon Hann (Paramedic)
  1. Presentation and approval of Treasurer’s Report
  2. Discussion and possible action on Fiscal Year 22 budget revision
  3. Update on Feasibility Study from Travis County Health and Human Services and Justice Planning
  4. Update on security contract
  5. Discussion and possible action of Fiscal Year 22 Officer Slate
  6. Executive Director Report
  • Community Engagement
  • Brand Awareness and Marketing
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Safe Sobering Services
  1. Committee Update:
    • Executive Committee/Board Chair update:
    • Governance Committee: (Chair – Jessica Palvino)
    • Finance Committee: (Chair – Liz Boston)
    • Development Committee: (Chair – Secretary CM Tovo)


Board Meeting:  December 15, 2021 at Sobering Center


The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. For assistance, please call 512-974-3256 or 512-974-2445 TDD. A person may request a Spanish language interpreter be made available by contacting the City Manager’s Office at 512-974-2194 no later than twelve hours before the scheduled time of the item on which the person wishes to speak.